Wests Tigers captain Scott Prince has capped a sensational week by being named in the 23-man Australian squad for the upcoming Tri Nations Series against New Zealand and Great Britain.
Prince won the Clive Churchill medal last night but team mate John Skandalis has been overlooked despite some powerhouse displays during the semi finals. Cowboys second rower Luke O'Donnell was the only other player to be selected from the Grand Final.
Brisbane five-eighth Darren Lockyer retained the captaincy ahead of Newcastle's Andrew Johns. St George Illawarra prop Luke Bailey (ear), Brisbane utility Justin Hodges (leg) and Newcastle forward Steve Simpson (personal) were not considered for selection.
The full squad is:
TRENT BARRETT (St George Illawarra) DANNY BUDERUS (Newcastle) PETERO CIVONICEVA (Brisbane) MATT COOPER (St George Illawarra) CRAIG FITZGIBBON (Sydney) MARK GASNIER (St George Illawarra) CRAIG GOWER (Penrith) NATHAN HINDMARSH (Parramatta) ANDREW JOHNS (Newcastle) BEN KENNEDY (Manly) MATT KING (Melbourne) DARREN LOCKYER (Brisbane, capt) WILLIE MASON (Canterbury) ANTHONY MINICHIELLO (Sydney) LUKE O'DONNELL (North Queensland) MARK O'MELEY (Canterbury) STEVE PRICE (New Zealand) SCOTT PRINCE (Wests) ANDREW RYAN (Canterbury) JASON RYLES (St George Illawarra) TIMANA TAHU (Parramatta) BRENT TATE (Brisbane) TRENT WATERHOUSE (Penrith)Like